New Canaan Draws Crowds for Taste of the Town Stroll, Supporting Local Food Pantry and Businesses


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Scores of shoppers, a good few foodies among them, crowded the sidewalks and stores along Elm Street Thursday night for the fourth annual Taste of the Town Stroll.

A “foodraiser” benefitting the New Canaan Food Pantry that also connects businesses with new customers while giving those customers deals and a good chance to win a raffle prize, the Taste of the Town Stroll is a New Canaan Chamber of Commerce event.

Though skies were threatening all evening, the rain held off above a bustling Elm Street, as shoppers enjoyed bits of food and drink inside stores, some live music from School of Rock and the New Canaan Music “house band” up at the alley toward the top of Elm. Supporters of the pantry—many of whom dropped off non-perishables at tables set up for the purpose on Elm, or had purchased needed goods at cost from Walter Stewart’s, a major supporter of the Stroll—and our businesses also had a chance to win dozens of prizes given away in a raffle.

Chamber Executive Director Tucker Murphy said the main goal of the event is to see the increasingly important food pantry stocked overnight.

“People feel really good about bringing their items,” Murphy said.

“The other thing that’s really great is this is the time of year when everyone comes back into town, everyone sees people they haven’t seen all summer, so it just makes you feel really good about New Canaan, about supporting the businesses here, and connecting the community with commerce,” she said.

Murphy added that the food pantry, located at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, always needs donations.

“It’s not just tonight,” she said. “Any time anybody wants to make a donation to them, they’re always looking for standard pastas and soups and things like that.”

Take a look at the slideshow above from the 2014 Taste of the Town Stroll in New Canaan.

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